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2017 Velo Birmingham Gran Fondo

Velo Birmingham

September 24 2017
Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

On Sunday September 24 2017 in the heart of Birmingham, 15,000 cyclists will line up to start their unforgettable 100 mile route on completely closed roads, taking them through the picturesque Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside before returning to Birmingham.

Whether you are a seasoned sportive rider, a cycling newbie on a mission to complete a century ride or a charity fundraiser in search of an epic challenge, Vélo Birmingham will deliver an unforgettable experience for each and every participant.

We’ve had tens of thousands of pre-registrations already and with just 15,000 entries up for grabs, demand is going to be huge. Entries will open at 8am on Thursday September 29 2016 exclusively to those who have pre-registered. 

The Vélo Birmingham route is an unforgettable 100 mile adventure from city to country on completely closed roads.

Starting in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the route will wind its way into the picturesque counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire through rolling countryside, lush green woodlands and quaint towns and villages lined with cheering spectators.

With around 2,000 metres of climbing it is a relatively undulating route however you don’t need to worry about encountering any Alpine-like climbs! For those of you who want to channel your inner Chris Froome and really test the legs, we suggest you save some energy for the King & Queen of the Mountains challenge that you’ll encounter 85 miles into the route (there’s no shame in walking this bit!)

If you are worrying you won’t be able to complete the event in time – don’t. The lengthy road closures we have secured means that all riders will have plenty of time to complete the full 100 mile route and we’ll support you every step of the way.

2017 Velo Birmingham Gran Fondo

Routes: 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Entry Limit: 15,000 riders
What's Included?

A spectacular 100 mile route on closed roads. Completely closed.
City Start You’ll start your 100 mile adventure smack bang in the middle of Birmingham City Centre. How cool is that? 
We know you’re fed up of having to pay a fortune for your event photos, so we’re giving them to you absolutely free. Say cheese! 
Gels, bars, tasty treats, mechanical support… live music! Our four Rider Pit Stops on the route will be so good you won’t want to leave. 
GCN Our friends at Global Cycling Network (GCN) are going to be providing you with exclusive training videos jam-packed with expert advice. Trust us, you’re in safe hands! 
Velo Domestiques Our Velo Birmingham ‘Domestiques’ will be riding alongside you, offering gels, mechanical support, top tips and lots of banter! 
Forget goody bags full of flyers and shampoo sachets, ours is going to be full of awesome surprises that you won’t want to throw away. 
We think you deserve a big, chunky medal when you complete a 100 mile sportive… and that’s exactly what we’re going to give you. 
Whether it’s a pesky puncture or something more serious, we’ll be on hand to give you the support you need.
First 3 Waves Start in the first three waves of the day. For those who want to ride fast and finish early. 
Have your race pack delivered to your home in advance of the event. 
Guaranteed car parking located a short cycle away from the start line.

Prize / Race Categories

Best Fundraisers (Martin Johnson will ride with this team as their honorary 5th member)
Fastest All Male Team
Fastest All Female Team
Fastest Mixed Team
Fastest Over 50’s Team
The Lanterne Rouge Trophy (a.k.a the Wooden Spoon!)

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Controlled Intersections
Closed Roads (Super Prestige)
Category / Race Prizes
Finishing Medals
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
5000 +
Start Address: Birmingham, B3 3DQ
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